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4 bedroom detached house for sale
Castlewigg Farm, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8DP
- Attractive farmhouse (4 beds)
- Modern buildings (720 head)
- 125 acres arable
- 37 acres ploughable pasture
- 131 acres permanent pasture
Castlewigg is situated close to the Solway Firth, about four miles inland from Wigtown Bay, on the south-west coast of Scotland. Wigtownshire is a genuinely rural area of Scotland, well known for livestock farming, magnificent countryside and dramatic coastline. The village of Whithorn, reputed to be the birthplace of St Ninian, is about two miles to the south and has a number of shops, a post office, bank and public house. Whithorn has a nursery school and primary school, and there is secondary schooling in Newton Stewart. The nearby village of Wigtown is famed for its national book festival which takes place in September each year.
Newton Stewart lies within 15 miles and is an attractive market town. It serves as the centre for a large rural area that includes the broad peninsula of the Machars to its south, on which Castlewigg is situated. As well as a range of local shopping and business services, the town is also seen as a natural base from which to explore the Galloway Forest Park which covers a vast and sparsely populated landscape stretching to the north and east.
The rolling landscape, extensive woodland and unspoilt coastline provide many opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Country sports in the area include fishing on the nearby Rivers Bladnoch and Cree, as well as pheasant and partridge shooting on surrounding estates. The quiet country roads are popular for walkers and cyclists, and there is golf on local courses at Monreith, Wigtown and Newton Stewart. The coastline offers excellent sailing and sea fishing, and there are safe anchorages at Port William and the Isle of Whithorn. There are livestock markets at Newton
Stewart, Dumfries, Castle Douglas (45 miles), Carlisle (92 miles) and Ayr (60 miles). Communication links in the area are good with railway stations at Barrhill (33 miles), Stranraer and Dumfries. The
M74, linking the north and south by road, lies about 70 miles to the east. The nearest international airports are at Prestwick (about 70 miles) and Glasgow (about 100 miles). Prestwick has regular flights to London Stansted as well asan increasing amount of foreign destinations.
Stranraer lies about 30 miles to the west and is the main ferry terminal for Northern Ireland with services to Larne and Belfast.
Castlewigg has been farmed by the sellers' family for 33 years and has earned a strong reputation as one of the most productive arable and stock rearing farms in the county. More recently, in 2001, they established a nationally renowned herd of pedigree Limousins known as Marlepark. The land offers a well balanced combination of arable and pasture.
Historically it formed the home farm of the Castlewigg Estate, the only remains of which are the ruins of an impressive mansion house which sit a short distance from the farmstead. In recent years the farm has carried a herd of 100 pedigree Limousin cows and a commercial herd of 100 pure Limousin cows plus followers. The progeny from the pedigree herd have mainly been sold
for breeding, and the commercial young stock have been finished on the farm. Whilst the farm has carried 200 head of suckler cows in recent years, it has supported higher stocking numbers on
the same acreage in the past. The sheds offer wintering facilities for up to 720 head, and all winter fodder is produced on the farm. In addition to the beef enterprise, the sellers normally buy in
700 lambs to fatten on the grassland.
The holding lies at between 50m and 80m above sea level and benefits from the favourable Gulf Stream climate; the area is noted for its mild weather and long growing season which has contributed to the south-west of Scotland being one of the most productive livestock areas in the United Kingdom. The land is mainly classified as Class 4 by the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research and is ideally suited to support a beef or sheep enterprise, typically growing 80 -100 acres of winter and spring barley in addition two cuts of silage taken off about 110 acres. Grass and arable
production are conducted on a rotation, with regular applications of fertiliser, lime and farmyard manure to maintain the land in good heart. A comprehensive programme of re-seeding, fencing and drainage maintenance has been followed over the years. As a result the farm can command a strong seasonal grazing rent from the local market, if required.There are 56.68 acres of woodland which provide shelter for stock, and amenity for wildlife. The natural topography of the farm, coupled with these woodlands, the strategically located cover crops and the flighting pond, provide some entertaining sport. The shoot is currently run in-hand as an informal syndicate and about 1,000 pheasant poults and 200 ducks are released each season. From this the syndicate enjoys at
least four driven days each season and normally achieves upwards of 50% return on birds released.
LOT 1 - CASTLEWIGG FARM 357.68 acres
The farmhouse is ideally suited for a working farming family, being conveniently close to the steading but with ample garden ground and accommodation which offers practicality and generous space for entertaining. The internal layout, as shown on the layout plans and photographs, is arranged in a U-shape and provides a spacious family home over one floor with the exception of
one bedroom situated in the tower.
In 2001 the house was extensively refurbished, including rewiring, re plumbing, loft insulation and fitting a damp proof course. More recently, in 2005, the sellers extended the house to provide a further two bedrooms, a formal sitting room, an office and a bathroom. At the heart of the house is an attractive kitchen which has recently fitted wall and floor units, a fitted electric oven and
grill with extractor hood, an electric hob and oil fired two oven Aga with a timber surround.
The kitchen has a pair of glazed doors opening onto a large sitting room with a marble fireplace and two windows overlooking the garden which fill the room with natural light. Beyond the sitting room is an entrance porch, off which is a bathroom, staircase to the tower room and a corridor to the
drawing room and two bedrooms, both of which have large fitted wardrobes. The drawing room has French windows leading to the gravelled and stone flagged inner courtyard. To the rear of the house, off the kitchen, is a large utility area with two walk-in cupboards, plumbing for a washing
machine, a Belfast sink and a Worcester oil fired boiler. Along the corridor from the utility room are a further bedroom and another bathroom.
The farm benefits from an extensive range of both traditional and modern farm buildings situated in a sheltered position towards the centre of the holding and benefiting from good access suitable for articulated lorries. The surrounding fields are easily accessed from the farmstead. The modern
buildings have been purposely laid out to enable easy movement of stock and flexible use of space, as shown on the accompanying plan, and are serviced by both mains and private water (borehole) and single phase electricity. Whilst currently equipped for a beef unit the buildings could easily
be adapted for dairying. The yard area and shed aprons are largely laid with concrete and are well drained.
The land included in Lot 1 sits within a ring fence and extends to about 357.68 acres in total including 125.25 acres of arable ground, 37.81 acres of ploughable pasture, 131.33 acres of permanent pasture and 46.28 acres of woodland. All fields are fenced for stock, and the majority of
them are serviced by either a natural or a piped water supply to troughs. The fields are well laid out and benefit from good access via a network of farm tracks and the minor public roads.
Planning permission was granted in 2010 for the erection of two 15kW micro wind turbines within Field 18. In addition to this, an option agreement has been entered into by the sellers with a wind energy operator for the erection of a single 800kW turbine within Field 18. The planning application was submitted in July 2010 and the application is currently pending decision. Further details of both proposals are available from the selling agents.
From the M74, follow signs to Dumfries and thereafter take the A75 towards Newton Stewart. At the Newton Stewart roundabout, exit the A75 on to the A714 towards Wigtown. About 1 mile north of Wigtown turn right to Bladnoch on the B7005. Continue through Bladnoch and join the A746 at the mini-roundabout just before the bridge over the river. Continue on the A746 towards Whithon and Port William. Castlewigg is located on the right about 3 miles after the village of Sorbie.